The first ever climate neutral cricket match took place in Mohali on 9 April.
An estimated 580 tonnes of emissions generated through various processes including energy use in the stadium, air travel by teams and officials and local transport by fans were compensated by the PCA by a contribution of US£6133.73 ($10,150) to an internationally recognized renewable energy project in Rajasthan, India.
This renewable energy project involves the implementation of a biomass-based power generation plant primarily using mustard crop residue as fuel. The project helps reduce India’s dependence on fossil fuels for electricity generation and contributes to sustainable development by, amongst other things, creating employment opportunities and increasing farmers’ income.
UNEP and the PCA told the media about the climate neutral match at a press conference in Chandigarh with Kumar Sangakkara, captain of local IPL franchise Kings II. press release
UNEP also used the Mohali event to review the greening activities of the IPL’s hospitality partner, Carving Dreams, and of the Royal Challengers of Bangalore franchise.
One of the main suppliers to the IPL, Carving Dreams has stopped using bubble raps, reduced the use of plastic in general and increased the use of both reusable materials and public transport for short distances to work for IPL.
The Royal Challengers of Bangalore are implementing a waste separation programme, encouraging fans to use public transport, to blog about their greening efforts and reducing the amount of fireworks used during the matches.
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